I feel like retellings have become such a thing within the past couple years. I have so many on my to-be-read list that I just felt like I should make a post listing the ones I am most excited to read. I just love the original fairytales so much and seeing them reimagined even though they’re predictable makes me so happy.
I love love love Wonderland. Plus Marissa Meyer is a queen. Heartless is a retelling that focuses on the story of the queen before she became queen of Wonderland—and decided to cut off everyone’s heads. I’ve heard that this really humanates the queen but also some mixed reviews. I want to read it anyway because of my affinity for Alice’s story.
I haven’t really read or heard about many sleeping beauty retellings, so this is pretty exciting. It seems to focus on these half sisters—one the legitimate and one the illegitimate daughter of the king—then Aurora obviously falls into a deep sleep . Isabelle—the illigitimate daugher—sets on a journey to find a prince to cure her sister before the faerie queen’s army comes. But while sleeping, Aurora falls into this new world with a very handsome hunter.
I just get so excited by each retelling like original story. The Shadow Queen—based on Snow White—seems to be a pretty close retelling. There is a second book in the series that I believe is not a continuation but a companion, instead focusing on the tale of Rumpelstiltskin.
It’s Aladdin—with a female jinni! I mean how cool is that. It totally revolutionizes the love story and purpose behind the Aladdin we know and love. Zahra—the jinni—must decide between her freedom or betraying Aladdin, who she finds herself falling in love with. It’s blurbed by Sarah J. Maas, so that is a big plus as well.
This has Cinderella vibes—but I have heard that it diverges from that. Enchanted Brooklyn entertains the fabulous party going crowds of the kingdom as well as the smaller not so fabulous working-class areas. Vassa lives in that not so fabulous area with her step-sister and step-mother. Magic can easily be stumbled upon, stumbling away is a bigger problem. When her sister sends her on a possibly dangerous mission involving an old witch. But with a gift left by her mother, Vassa might just be able to break the spell on her city.
I think this sounds so fun. This story is Oz post Dorothy—who comes back and become like a dictator. Amy—a new girl from Kansas—ends up in Oz and is recruited to be part of the resistance. What is interesting, is I belive the character is conscious of the cannon of Oz in our wold—like they see it as a movie and book and pop culture thing too.
Beauty and the Beast! Ah I love this story/trope so much. I have heard good things about the way in which the story goes about and relates to the original story. I have heard it described truly as a fairytale.
An evil queen retelling! So cool. I haven’t read enough villain reimaginings. And it is diverse—set in East Asia. It seems really interesting. I believe the protagonist is a peasant girl who has been promised the future of queen by her witch aunt—but only if she embrases the darkness, spurns the boy who loves her, and uses the magic that runs through her veins.
Again, I love Wonderland. Except this is a different version. No Alice. No Cheshire Cat. A land of lies. Dinah is the princess that will one day rule. But everything seems out of her grasp—her father’s approval and the boy she loves. Dinah gets thrust into a dangerous political game she doesn’t yet know how to play and realizes evil is in Wonderland.
I believe this is a retelling of a Russian tale. I don’t really know much about it—other than the cover is beautiful—but my boyfriend got it for me for my birthday. It takes place in the wilderness and I believe involves some spirits.
A Mulan retelling—exactly what we all need. Everything else I’ve read by Renée is wonderful: so I am super excited and have high expecations for this. I am not sure if there will be a romance and even though I love romance I feel like I would totally be okay with it since we get Mulan.